Seattle police officer killed while responding to traffic incident

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A Seattle police officer was killed early Sunday while attempting to assist during a three-car collision on an interstate, authorities reported.

The officer, who was not immediately identified in accordance with his family's wishes, was outside his vehicle assisting with a three-car collision when he was fatally struck by an additional motorist, according to a readout from the Seattle Police Department. The officer had just gotten off of his shift and was trying to render aid when he was struck, Assistant Chief Tom Mahaffey said during a press conference on Sunday.

Mahaffey said the family of the deceased officer, who served in the SPD for five years, and the police department were devastated by the fatal incident on Sunday.

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The Washington State Patrol is searching for a person involved in the collision who subsequently stole the deceased officer's private vehicle, according to Capt. Ron Mead.

"It really speaks to where we are as a society, where we have such callousness when it comes to loss of life," Mead said during Sunday afternoon's press conference.

The driver who struck the officer remained at the collision scene and is cooperating with the Washington State Patrol, which is leading the investigation, Mead added.

The three-car collision preceding the officer's death happened at approximately 1:18 a.m. on Sunday in the backup of an earlier crash that included 10 to 13 cars, which resulted in no injuries, authorities said.

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The Seattle Police Department said additional details would be released when they become available.

The Washington Examiner contacted the Seattle Police Department and the Washington State Patrol but did not immediately receive responses.

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